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The Musgraves

Lost In Familiarity EP
Midlands-based outfit working in the pop/folk field, here with a four-track which one must assume typifies their sound and approach.  Singer Matthew Bennett has an enviable full-on attack which stays tuneful so immediately they have chance of radio play, all down to the tunes. His voice reminds me of someone I can’t readily name, it will come to me…
Lead cut ‘So Sofia’ which is pretty much a descriptive love song is sprightly and pretty infectious, acoustic guitars to the fore, splashy cymbals and puddingy tom toms..it’s like the Gypsy Kings playing Van Morrison’s ‘Brown Eyed Girl’ in vibe.  Hmm..it’s a very young Cat Stevens that the lead vocal evokes….the brisk handclap overlay only helps the catchiness and nice piano figures. No joke, but this would do well at Eurovision, it has real Mediterranean atmosphere and insistence.
Next up – ‘Back To Me’ is a piano-led head-nodder with another clear lead vocal and brilliant use of clapping polyrhythms, strong chorus. A strong pop sensibility at work here, all very focussed and a synth-string arrangement sliding in. A good time of year to release this and I suspect this material could be well-received at festivals or anywhere the sun is shining.   ‘Discover Me’ is plaintively-delivered, but to be frank a bit Neil-Finn-by-numbers. Never a crime to have influences ( I rarely play shows without SOMEone mentioning the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield afterwards) but the sprinkles of banjo give it a bit of character.
Last number ‘Fortune Teller’ is confidently delivered with neat stops and that early Van tinge, busy strings and lively piano ( a good feature of this collection, whoever is playing it).
So, good pop act, nice singer, radio-friendly, have to wish them well
Pete Sargeant        www.fairhearing.co.uk
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